Bold Expressions at BAM
SLIDESHOW: A preview of the patterns and anti-patterns in Bold Expressions: African American Quilts, up now through October 7 at Bellevue Arts Museum.
Of this quilt, collector Corrine Riley says, "This quilt, with its bars of solid color and its clever surprise, inspired me to be a collector because it reminded me of the modern paintings I was surrounded by at the Art Institute of Chicago." The collector was a student there, studying textiles.
Pieces like this one, from Indiana in the ’70s, are categorized as "controlled crazy." Perfect.
It’s hard to imagine what the Depression-era African American women of the South would think about having their utilitarian home goods hung in an arts- and design-focused museum in a technology-rich city in 2012, let alone what they might make of being compared to mid-century abstract artists like Robert Rauschenberg and modern designers such a...